Who isn’t at least somewhat familiar with the Musketeers. Their mantra has been replayed for so many purposes that I felt it fitting to repeat it once again for this blog. All for one and one for all.
There are times when people love a concept like this. It symbolizes teamwork and camaraderie and support. If one is in need, we’re all there to support. We are together no matter what. It’s the kind of mantra that the military lives by, never leave a brother behind, sort of thing. But the other side of the coin is something people struggle to accept. One person on the team messes up and the entire team is held accountable. This can seem unfair but the fact is, you can’t have one side of this formula without the other.
That’s what’s amazing about the bookends of God’s story. It begins with the “All for one”. All of mankind throughout time is held to account for the sin of one man, “one trespass led to condemnation for all men.” (Rom 5:18a) It can be easy to accept the accountability of a team, you were there when one sinned and you didn’t help them stop, you should be held accountable. (This is Adam’s first sin but that’s a different talk). But when one person’s failure means failure for all, that can be tough to accept.
So here we are, thousands of years later, and we’re still part of the “ALL” that is fallen because of the sin of “ONE”, Adam. As tough as that part of the equation is, the benefit of the second half far outweighs. Because it means that “ONE” can pay the price for “ALL”. Jesus Christ was that one. He paid the price, once and for all. The second half of that verse is, “so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” (Rom 5:18b) And then Paul clarified it once more, “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” (Rom 5:19)
All were made sinners for the sin of one and one righteous sacrificial lamb, paid the price for all.
So what does this mean for us today? When we realize and accept that one had already paid the price for all, then we are free to live in grace. We can stop trying to earn our way to heaven and start living a life that is grateful for the free gift we have been given. Let our life be a walking example of His Gospel of grace.
As Paul instructed the church of Philippi, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” (Phil 1:27-28)
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